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Police briefs

April 13, 2005

Hancock woman found dead


McCONNELLSBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police are investigating the death of a 44-year-old Hancock woman found dead Monday in Fulton County, according to police.

Police said Barbara Julia Quesada, 44, was found dead by paramedics sent to 8926 Thompson Road in Belfast Township for an unresponsive person.

An autopsy was scheduled Tuesday at Lehigh Medical Center in Allentown, Pa., police said.

Fire started by child playing with matches


A fire Monday afternoon at a Shawley Drive two-story duplex north of Hagerstown was started by a child playing with matches in a nearby yard, the Maryland State Fire Marshal said.

Fire marshals said the fire caused damage mainly to the outside of the 18308 Shawley Drive house, which is owned by Abbud Dahbura. Estimated damages to the structure were $4,800 and the value of the contents was estimated at $200.

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The fire, which was discovered by a passer-by was ruled accidental, fire marshals said. About 10 firefighters from Maugansville responded to the fire, which was brought under control within one minute.

Police investigating motorcycle thefts


CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police are investigating the theft of a motorcycle from a Hamilton Township home between March 28 and Monday.

Police said the motorcycle was stolen from a home in the 7500 block of Fort McCord Road.

It was the third Yamaha YZ125 reported stolen since the weekend. Police said two were stolen along with a Honda XR from a garage in the 1600 block of Brechbill Road in Hamilton Township.

Police said the garage was entered between 11:30 p.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. Sunday. Stolen were a 1999 White Honda XR, a 2000 Yamaha YZ 125 and a 1999 Yamaha YZ 125.

Anyone with information about the burglary may call police at 717-264-5161.

Man charged with discharging firearm


A gun was accidentally fired into the floor of a South Cannon Street apartment Tuesday morning, leaving a bullet hole in a downstairs neighbor's ceiling, the Hagerstown Police Department said.

Just after midnight, a woman told police she heard a gunshot and found a bullet hole in the bedroom ceiling of her 349 S. Cannon St. apartment.

No one was injured, police said.

David Anthony Frye, 19, was contacted by police and initially denied any involvement, according to the release. After a search of the residence, a loaded 45-caliber handgun was found hidden in the attic, police said.

Frye, of 44410 Wiffer Square in Ashburn, Va., was charged with discharging a firearm within city limits and reckless endangerment.

Two Boonsboro men face drug charges


FREDERICK, Md. - Two Boonsboro men were arrested by the Frederick Police Department and charged with drug crimes after police bought about two ounces of marijuana from one of the men Saturday, police said.

Matthew Scott Flook, 18, of 12 Chestnut Ave., Boonsboro, was charged with distribution of marijuana, possession with the intent to distribute marijuana, possession of marijuana and two counts of possession of paraphernalia. Joshua Tyler Lum, 19, of 6 Coldstream Court, Boonsboro, was charged with possession of marijuana, police said.

Police gave the following account of the events leading to the arrests: On Saturday at 10:48 p.m., members of the Frederick Police Department Drug Enforcement Unit made a controlled purchase of about two ounces of marijuana.

Once police contacted a man they suspected to be involved in illegal drug activity, they made arrangements to purchase two ounces of marijuana at a certain location. After buying the marijuana, officers moved into the area and arrested the suspected dealer and one other person in the suspected dealer's vehicle.

Two injured in Frederick Co. crash


FREDERICK, Md. - Two Frederick County residents were flown by police helicopter to Washington County Hospital on Monday after the Crown Victoria in which they were riding hit a wire support pole on Md. 85 at Adamstown Road, Maryland State Police in Frederick said.

Police said the driver of the car, Robert Dodd, 43, of Frederick, and passenger Heather Becker, 23, of Thurmont, Md., were flown separately to the hospital following the 6:57 a.m. accident.

The car struck a wire support pole, severing it and knocking wires to the ground and trapping Dodd and Becker in the car for a short time, police said.

Police said the accident is under investigation.

A Washington County Hospital spokeswoman said Tuesday that Dodd and Becker were listed in good condition.

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